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‘Govts increasingly going after messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram’

WASHINGTON: Internet freedom declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016 as governments around the world cracked down on social media and messaging applications used to express dissent, a watchdog group said Monday. The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House said a growing number of regimes are restricting or censoring messaging platforms such as WhatsApp in addition to popular social networks. "Popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been subject to growing censorship for several…